If I could only choose one piece of makeup to use for the rest of my life *hyperventilates at the thought*, it would be the mighty mascara. My skin is not great at the moment so I always even it out with foundation & I do love slicking on a fabulous splash of colour on my lips but....I could live without both...if I had to to! Mascara on the other hand.......
I think it's because I wear glasses that I love mascara so much. My eyes seem to disappear into 2 teeny tiny raisins behind the lenses if I don't wear it & without it, I truly feel naked! So needless to say, over the years I have gone through many, many tubes of the stuff, my favourite being L'Oréal False Lash Telescopic....until now that is, as I think I may have just found my new best friend!! Enter Lancôme Hypnôse!
I was wandering through Boots the other day getting some of life's essentials, you know, cotton buds, toothpaste, nail polish *ahem* when the SA on the Lancôme counter asked if I'd like to try their limited edition mascara gift set. I've read endless glowing reports of the Hypnôse mascara but I'll be blunt & say that the £22.50 pricetag has always put me off. However, this box set of 4 (1 full size, 3 travel size) Hypnôse mascaras was on offer at £22.50 - frankly, it would've been rude not to.....!
The full size tube is the original Hypnôse, which I think is my favourite of the four. It has a great hourglass bristle wand that grabs & coats every single lash with one swoop - it's fabulous! It adds the perfect amount of volume & length for an everyday mascara. Apologies for the photo quality on my pics, autumn natural light is not good for photos!!
Next up is Hypnôse Drama. This is my least favourite of the four as I couldn't get on with the wavy brush on this one. Although the end result was good, it took a LOT of cleaning up my eyelids as the 'waves' kept touching the skin & smudging everywhere! This one will be passed on to my daughter (who has her beady eye on the whole kit - errr, no missus!!) & is the only one I wouldn't buy the full size version of.
The third offering is Hypnose Star. This has a really bizarre wand that looks like a flat tapered Christmas tree from one angle, but turn it 90° & it's flat & slim. I didn't have high hopes for this but it's amazing! I use the larger flat side to apply the mascara, then turn the brush & use the thin side to wiggle from the base of the lashes to give great uplift! I would say this one gives the best volume. Love it!
And last but no means least is the Hypnôse Doll Eyes. Again, this is one that I've read many blog reviews on so was very keen to try it. This has a conical shaped brush & just slathers on the formula in one easy swipe. The tapered end grabs all the teeny corner lashes & is also great for the bottom lashes. It gives the best length of all the formulas.
The formula is perfect for me, jet black, not too wet & thick enough to give serious oomph straight away. It doesn't smudge or crumble, removes like a dream & doesn't give me next-day-panda-eyes, my new go-to mascara! I can't find this set online although they still had them instore yesterday, but now at £30.00. They do however, have this set online for £22.50!!
Sorry about the lengthy post but I could rave about these all day long!! Have you tried them?